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JULY 2003 NEWS

As we enter July 2003, the Asian/Asian Pacific American (US Asians) communities and the world continues to seek a ways to live together in an environment that provides freedom for the human spirit.

From the volatile Middle East, to the ever-evolving scenarios throughout Asia, the multiple efforts of defining the EU's (European Union) vision, the hidden troubles in Africa and the tumultous changes in South America - we truely live in "interesting times" filled with complexities that has its birth in times that existed many years ago.

As the Asian/Asian Pacific American communities' struggle to have their voices heard exist in these "interesting times" - the importance of acquiring an in-depth perspective of our historical heritages and its legacy becomes even greater. As stated in a well-known axiom - "If one doesn't know one's history, one is doomed to repeat its mistakes."

As a result, an invitation is extended to review the many events and issues that have recently occurred directly affects the Asian/Asian Pacific American (US Asian) and/or emantes from these communities.

In light of the vast spectrum of topics, issues and events that are related to our communities, we've divided the vast amount of news into various categories that are listed below:

Awards Community Diversity Feature Artists
Film Industry History Literature Music
Politics Polls Sports Theater

Please note that upon "CLICKING" on each link listed within this section, one will have the ability to obtain additional in-depth information on each even.

FEATURED ARTISTS & LEADERS

APA MEDIA POLLS

CLICK HERE to participate in a "Film Poll" where you can tell us what movies from and/or with artists from the Asian/Asian Pacific American communities has the most buzz and support - along with reading some of the latest information regarding other APA movies and the film industry. Listed below are the current films in the poll.

Better Luck Tomorrow
 
The Way Home
American Adobe
 
The Debut
Notorious C.H.O.
 
Close Call
The Eye
 
ABC
Charlotte Sometimes
 
The Flip Side
Together   Full Time Killer
Monsoon Wedding   American Desi
Bend It Like Beckham

YOUR MUSICAL INPUT IS NEEDED as we seek identify the talented and upcoming Asian/Asian Pacific American music artists and their songs in our "Music Poll."

Click HERE to participate in this poll that will indicate your opinion(s) on the music groups listed below, along with reading some of the latest information regarding selected artists and the music industry.

Mia Doi Todd Second Wind Phuz
Ghost Orgy Florelie Escano Shell Lee
Anjani 524 Burning Tree Projekt
Justis Kuo Lynn Chen Supreme Beings of Leisure
Hiroshima Linkin Park Ill Again

 

FEATURED ARTISTS & LEADERS

ROSE YUNG

Rose Yung's work is about being, memory and place. She is interested in the complexities of cultural identity. I She seeks to voice the stories of my culture from the inside - the ethos, sensibilities and unspoken details of daily living which are often difficult to discern from the outside - as well as touch on the universals between cultures. Through her work - she tries to connect past and present, memory and idea, the personal and the universal, and find a home in this shifting world.

This artist is a Chinese American visual artist, sculptor and graphic artist living and working in San Francisco, California. She grew up in colonial Hong Kong before immigrating to the United States.

Her work combines the formal elegance of her drawing/graphics/visual imagery with text to explore issues of culture and identity.

She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Palazzo Giustinian Lolin, Venice, Italy, as part of the 1995 Venice Biennale; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas; Center for the Arts, Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco; San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art; the Richmond Art Center, Richmond; and other Bay Area institutions.

In 2003, the Seattle Public Library Board of Trustees selected her to design artwork for the new 4,000-square-foot International District/Chinatown Branch of The Seattle Public Library.

 

LARRY RAMOS

Musician-singer Larry Ramos is a Filipino kid from West Kauai, who now lives in Grangeville Idaho with his wife of 30 years, has become an acclaim musician.

Ramos' mother was a singer; his father taught him the uke. The family lived on Oahu during World War II, running a pool hall in downtown Honolulu and Kakaako. After the war they returned to Kalaheo, Kauai, where dad opened another pool hall.

In 1947, the 5-year-old Ramos and his sister won the KGMB Amateur Hour with his ukulele playing and her singing. Two years later, the lad from Waimea appeared in the film "Pagan Love Song" starring Esther Williams. That year Larry also won top honors in a statewide ukulele contest organized by Arthur Godfrey, who took the boy to New York to appear one of his national radio and TV talent shows. (Among Godfrey's discoveries were Pat Boone, Steve Lawrence, Roy Clark and Patsy Cline. Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley.)

Later in Hollywood, Ramos won the part of the Crown Prince in Rodgers and Hammerstein's touring musical "The King and I," starring Yul Bryner. The boy from Kauai went on to perform with the New Christy Minstrels (after being discovered at a South Gate coffee house) between 1962-66 before joining The Association (after their hits “Along Came Mary” and “Cherish”) in 1967 and co-singing the lead on two all-time classics, "Windy" and "Never My Love."

 
 

He joined the Association one year after he quit the "Christy's" to spend time with his wife and twin baby girls. He was singing background for a friend in a recording session with an Association member who asked Ramos to accompany The Association on tour. Note: The Association's original lineup featured Gary Alexander (lead vocals), Russ Giguere (vocals/guitar), Brian Coles (vocals/bass), Jim Yester (vocals/guitar), Ted Bluechel (drums) and Terry Kirkham (keyboards). They were one of the most popular pop-psychedelic harmony groups of the mid-60’s that represented that era’s “Four Feshmen” or “Hi-Lo’s” and was vocally comparable to the “Beach Boys” and “Mamas and the Papas” The Association opened the first Monterey Pop Festival.

"I didn't know anything about the show they were doing," Ramos said. "It was crazy." The bass player damaged his hand after the first concert and Ramos explains, "They handed me a stack of albums and said 'Go practice.'" He rehearsed alone two hours before the show. "I never got off the stage after that." He eventually replaced lead singer Alexander and became part of a music success story.

 

 

GAIL KIM

Gail - who went by the ring name of La Felina - is a stunning Toronto native beauty who has been wrestling for two to three years and got her start at Ron Hutchison's School of Wrestling in Toronto.

She later appeared in stints with independent companies like Apocalypse Wrestling Federation, Michigan Championship Wrestling, Maximum Pro Wrestling, Universal Wrestling Alliance, Border City Wrestling, Insane Wrestling Federation and Foxxy Ladies of Wrestling.

In the beginning, her love of wresting and wanting to have a career involving being athletic or physical, she saw an opportunity upon visiting AWF's Web site.
 
 

She then trained passionately at Toronto's Squared Circle Training Gym in Toronto. After a lot of hard work, training and perseverance, she entered the world of wrestling.

Originally wrestling under a black mask, Felina's career actually took off after she lost a big match. One of the stipulations of that match was that she would have to reveal her face if she was not victorious. When the mask came off and Felina's beauty was finally revealed to the fans, everything changed for her. Fans everywhere suddenly wanted to see more of the sexy new grappler...including top executives of World Wrestling Entertainment.

 

MICHELLE WIE

Many call Michelle Wie a prodigy, a phenom and Wonder Woman all rolled into one. She is like the Tiger Woods for Hawaii. She put women’s golf in Hawaii on the map. She has the support of her peers and of the Korean/Korean American communities.

Michelle Sung Wie, the 6’ 160 pounds Honolulu HI native, is the latest rage on the women’s golf tour. Wie, a Korean American, had said she admires other women golfers of Korean descent, such as Pak, Grace Park and Mi Hyun Kim, but it’s Woods she idolizes because he’s “good at everything.”

Michelle is not some rich man's daughter. B.J. (Byung Wook) Wie a professor of transportation studies at the University of Hawaii after receiving his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania and supervises her practices and other aspects of her golf regimen – including being her caddy. Bo (Hyun Kyung) is a realtor and former amateur golf champ in South Korea (won the Korean Women’s Amateur) who taught her husband how to play and the primary breadwinner.

B.J. came to America in 1983, Bo in 1987. They were married a year later (1988) in Los Angeles and moved to Honolulu, where Michelle, their only child, was born a year later, making her a U.S. citizen.

Wie started playing at age 4, and she shot a 64 at Olomana Golf Links when she was 10. The next year, she won the Jennie K. — the most prestigious women's event in Hawaii — by nine strokes and was winning nearly every junior event she entered by the age of 11.

Her practice routine includes spending four hours every weekday at Olomana Golf Links on Oahu doing 45 minutes of putting, 30 minutes on the short game, 45 minutes on the range and nine holes of play. Wie spends seven to eight hours practicing on the weekends. Michelle Wie works with swing instructor Gary Gilchrist of the David Leadbetter Golf Academy. Buddy Kiawa, a California-based teacher, oversees her putting stroke.

Despite her golf practices, she still maintains straight A’s. Her last report card was superb: all A's except for a B-plus in Chinese at Punahou School (an elite prep school known as the best private school on the Island whose graduates include AOL Time Warner chairman Steve Case where 99% of the graduates attend college and whose students score 1307 – or 287 points above the national SAT national average of 1020). Her favorite subject is math. Her goal is to get her Ph.D. in business or finance.

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“A friend of mine told Michelle, "You’re the next Se Ri Pak (LPGA star from South Korea),”’ said her father. “She was kind of frustrated. She wants to be the next Tiger Woods.” She wants to attend Stanford before turning pro - just like Tiger. It is hope that Woods’ ever-presence will infuse the Wie home with the secrets of his success. She decides she wanted to become a pro-golfer after watching Tiger Woods play.

Fifty million dollars in five years - that's how much Wie could earn in endorsement deals, says Jane Blalock, LPGA Senior Tour president and a former LPGA star who now runs her own Boston-based golf marketing company. At the present time, Michelle’s parents spent $50,000 last year on Michelle's golf, and $70,000 in 2003.

Michelle’s ultimate goal is to play in the Masters. If successful, Wie -- unlike Martha Burk -- would be welcomed at Augusta National Golf Club, tournament and club chairman Hootie Johnson said. Asked about the possibility of a female competitor at the Masters, where the host club has no female members, Johnson said: "If we have one to qualify, we'll sure send an invitation. And that could happen."

Michelle (like most kid prodigies) imagine themselves doing unprecedented and extraordinary things long before they actually do them. She is a talent with imagination, bound together by self-belief. Her parents have long noticed how she will float through a tournament until a gallery builds or a TV camera shows up. "Then it's birdie, birdie, birdie," Hyun says with a laugh. "Then the camera goes away. Bogey next hole!"

A brief overview of some of her milestone achievements include being the youngest player to qualify in a USGA amateur championship event at the USGA Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, Hawaii State Women’s Stroke Play Championship's youngest winner, Jennie K. Wilson Invitational's youngest winner, youngest player ever to qualify for an LPGA tournament at the LPGA Takefuji Classic, only female golfer in the Hawaii Pearl Open, the youngest player to make an LPGA cut, the only female in the field at the Canadian Tour's Bay Mills Open Players' Championship and the only female in the field at the Nationwide Tour's Albertson's Boise Open.

 

LYNN CHEN

This pretty Queens native, who can be seen in her reoccurring role in ABC’s “All My Children,” is surrounded by arts-oriented parents, brother and supportive friends during her pursuit of an acting career. Her father’s achieving a PhD in ethnomusicology (along with founding the Kunqu Society), her mother’s gifts as an opera singer and her brother’s involvement in the local music scene – her background was filled with the arts.

She received training from NiteStar, Stephanie Gilman, Cherry Cutler, Wayne Rivera, Teresa Teng, Andrea Haring and others.

Her experiences include performing with Rudolf Nuruyev at the Metropolitan Opera House, participating in filmmaker Eric Lin’s “Fortune,” the theater production of “South Pacific at the NY State Theater in Lincoln Center, on “Law and Order” on NBC, Saturday Night Live, the “Daily Show” with Jon Stewart, Metropolitan Opera House. To read our interview with Lynn, please click HERE.

 

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APA & MEDIA NEWS

FILIPINA WINS EMMY
Faith Rivera, a Filipina Singer/Songwriter won her first Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Original Song category in 2003.
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HIROSHIMA AT THE PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL
At the 25th Anniversary of the Playboy Jazz Festival, Hiroshima performed an excellent set of music featuring songs from their latest c.d.
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CUPERTINO'S STRUGGLE TO INTEGRATE
While whites remain Cupertino's largest racial group, Asian-Americans are redefining politics there much the same way they've transformed business and cultural life in recent years and it has caused numerous conflicts.
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VIETNAMESE SANDWICH STORE SUCCESS
The Le family (headed by 72-year-old patriarch Le Van Ba and his wife, Nguyen Thi Hanh) runs the largest sandwich (banh mi) shop chain (Lee's Sandwiches) in California's Vietnamese community.
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WIE GOT GAME
Michelle Wie outlasted former NCAA champion Virada Nirapathpongporn for a 1-up victory at Ocean Hammock to become the youngest winner in the 27-year history of the Women's Amateur Public Links.
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INDIAN LEADER MEETS CHINESE COUNTERPART
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's visit to China's Wen Jiabao is a chance to nurture ties between the wary neighbors, which fought a 1962 war and still claim parts of each other's territory.
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INTERRACIAL LOVE TABOOS
Hollywood is more phobic than ever about interracial love, but now it's blacks who are putting on the brakes.
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INDIAN AMERICAN HATE CRIME
Saurabh Bhalerao, 24, was attacked in New Bedford, just south of Boston. The robbery escalated when the attackers thought he was Muslim.
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FLIER FROM SENATOR ANGERS MUSLIMS
Senator Guy W. Glodis has angered Muslims and a civil rights group over a flier he sent to fellow senators that says terrorist attacks could be deterred if convicted Muslim extremists were buried with pig entrails.
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SPEAKING MANDARIN REQUIRES BRAINS
Mandarin speakers use more areas of their brains than people who speak English.
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DIVERSITY IN THE MILITRY AND UC CAMPUSES
When the Bush administration joined a lawsuit this year challenging affirmative action policies at the University of Michigan, a chorus of opposition rose unexpectedly from a coalition of prominent retired military leaders.
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M.BUTTERFLY TO EWP
East West Players (stage for the first time by an AsAm theater company) will be staging David Henry Hwang's (M.Butterfly) play about a French diplomat whose Chinese mistress turns out to be a man from June 9 to July 4 in 2004.
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ASIAN AMERICAN CINEMA
There is the question of whether APA cinema can exist when the concept of Asian America is so diffuse. Certainly such a disparate community boggles Hollywood.
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KENT NAGANO/MARI KODAMA'S "UNFESTIVAL"
"Viennese Artistry," a new "unfestival" for those in the know where the music is intense and tickets free, but conductor Kent Nagano and his pianist wife are keeping the concerts hush-hush.
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VIETCONG - INAPPROPRIATE VIDEO GAME
Inappropriate language are evident throughout this videogame.
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RACIAL PROFILING BANNED
President Bush issued guidelines barring federal agents from using race or ethnicity in their routine investigations, but the policy carves out clear exemptions for investigations involving terrorism and national security matters.
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WHITENESS STUDIES
"Whiteness Studies" is based on a left-leaning interpretation of history by scholars who say the concept of race was created by a rich white European and American elite, and has been used to deny property, power and status to nonwhite groups for two centuries.
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IMPORTANCE OF ORAL HISTORY
In Asia, UNESCO honored six masterpieces oral history: Kunqu opera (China); Kutiyattam Sanskrit theatre (India); Ngaku theatre (Japan); royal ancestral rite and ritual music in Jongmyo shrine (Korea); the Hudhud chants of the Ifugao (Philippines); the cultural space of the Boysun District (Uzbekistan).
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DOUBLE STANDARDS IN SPORTS
Shouldn't the majority community (White) in sports be pressured into having a collective social conscious for greater changes - along with minority athletes?
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"le thi diem thuy" - VIETNAMESE WRITER
le thi diem thuy's "The Gangster We Are All Looking For" is among the first book-length fictional works to come from the generation that fled Vietnam after the communist takeover of the country in 1975, the boat people of the late 1970s and early '80s.
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SARS - EPIDEMIC OF FEAR
The SARS scare played into America's culture of panic and then, just as quickly, faded from the headlines - a continuing pattern.
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NBA 2004 PRESEASON GAMES IN CHINA
The NBA strengthened its ties to China when it announced the preseason games in Shanghai and Beijing in October 2004.
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BONZAI ON FOX
Fox's website states, "The show is hosted by MR. BANZAI, a mysterious figure who is like an enigma wrapped within a conundrum" - with strange Orientals, amputees and midgets.
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DRACULA: PAGES FROM A VIRGIN'S DIARY
NPR's Pat Dowell profiles Canadian Director Guy Maddin, whose new movie, Pages from a Virgin's Diary, is a screen adaptation of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's production of Dracula.
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HERITAGE TOURISM IN INDIA'S "GOA"
A 17th-century family mansion in Loutulim, soon to be a "heritage house" inn in India's "Goa," looks across paddy fields and coconut lands to a time beyond the colonization by Portugal.
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KELLY'S A BUSY "X" ACTRESS
Kelly's busy schedule includes 3 projects in development: "Jade," (based on a martial arts vampire comic book); unnamed movie based on the story of a real life double agent, and a project that's "like a Korean-American 'Bridget Jones' Diary."'
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FOX'S YELLOWFACE CHAN MOVIES
Fox Movie Channel will be presenting the Charlie Chan Mystery Tour, a series of "classic" Charlie Chan. These are infamous example of Hollywood's proliferation of "Yellowface" the racist practice of Asian characters played by white actors in offensive, degrading "Oriental" makeup. (Note: Fox Movie Channel discontinues broadcast of the Charlie Chan films - via protests from various APA organizations that doomed their airings. There were protests of Fox's removal/ban of the Chan films. Click HERE to read Fox's latest statement. Fox was one of the last national networks or cable channels still showing any of the old black-and-white movies.
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EWP EVENTS
Upcoming events include James Lapine/Stephen Songheim's Passion, Lloyd Suh's Masha No Home, Philip Kan Gotanda's Wind Cries Mary and David Henry Hwang's M.Butterfly - along with various training programs.
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BOLLYWOOD AWARDS 2003
A packed audience attended the Bollywood Awards 2003 at Trump Taj Mahal arena. Honoring outstanding achievements brought out top stars such as Hema Malini, Zeenat Aman, Karishma Kapoor, Rani Mukherjee, Akshay Kumar, Esha Deol, Aftab Shivdasani, Sukhvinder Singh and Alabina.
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CHINESE IN THE MISSISSIPI
In the Mississipi Delta, hundred or so Chinese-Americans here with Delta roots going back a century or more, cook sizzling catfish and collards and crayfish Cantonese style in an outdoor wok.
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NBA AND DIVERSITY
NBA Leads Men's Leagues in Diversity Hiring. Major League Baseball and the NHL have made some progress, study of six leagues says, but the NFL has declined significantly.
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COLUMBIA ASIA BACKS STEVEN CHOW
Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia (CPFPA) is backing the next film from Hong Kong megastar Stephen Chow (Shaolin Soccer, King of Comedy, God of Cookery, an action comedy tentatively titled Kung Fu Hustle as star, director and producer. Read an interview with Steven Chow.
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U.S. WON'T RELEASE WEN HO LEE REPORT
Attorney General John Ashcroft defended the Justice Department's decision to withhold a report on its handling of the case against nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee, saying that the department is protecting national interests, not stonewalling
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YAO'S POPULARITY IN CHINA
Yao is a symbol of China's emergence on the international stage, a commercial powerhouse with the second largest economy in the world.
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B.D. WONG COMES OUT
B.D. Wong tells the audience at the GLAAD dinner that his long journey toward coming out and becoming the man and father he is today is like "a train that for a long time has not always made its destination clear."
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STUART ISHIMARU & EEOC
"We applaud Democratic Leader Daschle's decision to recommend Stuart Ishimaru for the EEOC," stated JACL National President Floyd Mori.
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PAUL KARIYA'S CHARACTER
On Game 6 of the Stanley Cup, Paul Kariya scored a goal after laying motionless after being a victim of an extremely hard check from Scott Stevens.
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RAILROAD FREEDOM CENTER
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center's mission is to inspire people to speak up in the face of injustice and for the spirit of freedom. Just as so many people of all backgrounds did during the era of the Underground Railroad. (Note other efforts of injustic, tolerance and freedom HERE).
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HISTORICAL MUSICAL RACISM
Darren Brown's thesis titled 'The Heathen Chinee' documents musical racism from the 1800's.
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ALL GIRL MUSLIM PROM
New American Ritual: the all-girl Muslim prom. It is a spirited response to religious and cultural beliefs that forbid dating, dancing with or touching boys or appearing without a hijab, the Islamic head scarf.
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YIMOU'S HERO CUT TO 95 MINUTES
Zhang Yimou's Hero was cut to 95 minutes from the originally length of 116-minutes under pressure from American distributor Miramax.
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NARAYANA MURTHY IS RECOGNIZED
Narayana Murthy, an Indian businessman and head of Infosys Technologies, was named World Entrepreneur Of The Year by Ernst & Young.
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DAVID KIM RECEIVES AWARDS
David L. Kim, director of sales development and community relations of Anheuser-Busch, Inc., received the Award of Excellence from New York State Governor George E. Pataki - along with being appointed to the SBA's National Advisory Council (with Seattle's Lo-Yu Sun and New York's Fred Teng).
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BETTER FUNDING FOR UT'S AA STUDIES
Rep. Martha Wong R-Houston, the only Asian-American member of the Texas Legislature, met with city employees to discuss insufficient political representation of Asian-Americans and the importance of preserving cultural history.
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JAPANESE INTERNEES' SEEK REPARATIONS
Art Shibayama, his parents, and his five brothers and sisters were in Peru when they were forced into custody, stripped of their passports and shipped to detention camps in Texas. They are seeking reparations from the InterAmerican Commission on Human Rights, a body of the Organization of American States - since nobody else have.
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ESUN HOLDINGS PURCHASE MEDIA ASIA
Hong Kong's eSun is raising its stake in Media Asia from 35.13% to 49.77% because of the film company's huge hit with crime thriller Infernal Affairs which out-grossed Harry Potter and Spider-Man.
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DAVID HENRY HWANG MEETS PHILLIP GLASS
Phillip Glass' music ("The Sound of a Voice") is set to early short plays with a Japanese theme by David Henry Hwang, Glass' librettist for "1000 Airplanes on the Roof" and "Voyage." It is the first time Glass has written for Asian instruments (pipa and bamboo flute).
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PANGS' "EYE"
The Danny and Oxide Pang' (Thai directors who are ethnic Chinese from Hong Kong) films blend a Hong Kong-style flair for action with Thai film's strong sense of the textures of ordinary life - that can be seen in their latest movie "The Eye."
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SAVING STOCKTON'S "LITTLE MANILA"
Filipino activists are battling a plan to demolish the structures and build an Asian-themed mini-mall at a neighborhood that was once home to the largest population of Filipinos outside the Philippines, one that for years was considered the center of Philippine American culture nationwide.
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BOLLYWOOD'S INFLUENCE
Indian filmmakers are known for recycling Hollywood fare, but now a lawsuit may give some directors pause. Read More>>>>>

PANJABI MC & JAY-Z
Jay-Z and Panjabi MC's "Beware of the Boys," has meant a new sound (Bhangra) imported from India to U.S. pop airwaves.
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SAIGONISTE USES "HO CHI MAMA" CHARACTER
People are protesting "Saigoniste's" window sign declared "Ho Chi Mama say spring is time to put love in air and tropical color all over home."
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THAI SEX TRADE DOCUMENTARY
Documentation asks why "Thirty years ago, virtually no women from Thailand's hill tribes were snared in the country's thriving sex trade. Now they are flooding the brothels and sex-karaoke bars."
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"80 DAYS" SCRIPT REVIEW
Read a script review of Jackie Chan's upcoming "Around the World in 80 Days."
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JACKO'S LAWSUIT W/MANAGER SETTLED
Pop star Michael Jackson settled a potentially embarrassing lawsuit which threatened to lift the lid on the state of his finances with his former manager - Myong-Ho Lee.
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PUCHON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
With three more screening venues added and a total of 190 films, the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival now claims to be the largest fantastic film festival in Asia.
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HUAXIA - 2ND DISTRIBUTION COMPANY IN CHINA
Chinese film officials have unveiled details of the territory's long-awaited second distributor, Huaxia Film Distribution Company, which is designed to break China Film Group Corp's monopoly on the distribution of imported films.
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INTERNMENT CAMP DOCUMENTARY
"Forced Out: Internment and the Enduring Damage To California's Cities and Towns" celebrates the success of Santa Clara/West Coast Japanese Americans and the economic factors associated with the sudden absence of merchants and other business people during World War II. (Read about the experiences of Japanese internees from Oregon)
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APA COMMUNITIES' COMPLEX MAKE-UP
Asian Pacific American families are more likely than non-Latino white families to have incomes of $75,000 or more, they're also more likely to have incomes less than $25,000.
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ANG'S "HULK"
Witness how "It's not so much the sins of the father as the genes of the father which he (The Hulk/Bruce Banner) must confront and accept in Ang's pictorial portrait.
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"THE GRUDGE" HAS BUYERS
Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures has acquired the US remake rights to the popular "The Grudge" with the original director Takashi Shimizu as director - with an option for the sequel.
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HOLLYWOOD BUYS KOREAN FILM "JUNGADOK"
Guy East and Nigel Sinclair's Spitfire Pictures and Roy Lee and Doug Davison's Vertigo Entertainment are teaming up to produce Addicted, a remake of KM Culture's Korean thriller Jungadok.
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FORTISSIMO BUYS ZHANG'S "SUNFLOWER"
Fortissimo Film Sales has picked up international rights to Sunflower, the next picture from Chinese director Zhang Yang.
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HK DIRECTORS FILM SARS SHORTS
14 Hong Kong directors demonstrates its fighting spirit against the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) to the making of 12 short films on SARS.
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SHINSEKI RETIRES
"And so I say one last time, my name is Shinseki and I am a soldier--proud of it." Gen. Eric K. Shinseki retired after a career that spanned five decades as chief of staff - the only officer of Japanese descent to rise to the top post in the Army.
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BUBBLE SISTERS' "BLACK-FACE" (BLACK EYE)
Female K-Pop vocal group perform in hip-hop attire and moves - in blackface?!?!
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WANG WANTS TO BRING THE "NETS" HOME
Islanders owner Charles Wang is engaged in an "ongoing dialogue" about buying the New Jersey Nets and moving them to Long Island.
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UPCOMING APA DIRECTORS
Filmmaker Magazine include Steve Tsuchida, Adam Bhala Lough, and Greg Pak in its yearly list of 25 New Faces of Indie Film.
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MARINE WANTED
A Japanese court issued an arrest warrant for a Marine (Lance Cpl. Jose Torres), accused of beating and raping a 19-year-old woman on the southern island of Okinawa.
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A&F DISCRIMINATION
lawsuit, filed in Federal District Court in San Francisco, charges that Abercrombie and Fitch discriminates against Hispanics, Asians and blacks in its hiring, despite its "classic American" look.
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TRANSRACIAL ABDUCTEES
Stephanie Cho and Kim So Yung are co-founders of Transracial Abductees, an organization that works to educate transracial adoptees and communities of color and expose the unequal power between the white adoption industry and children of color adoptees.
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CHEN KAIGE'S "TOGETHER"
In "Together," Chen brings his passion for classical music to the screen. Inspired by a news report he saw on television, Chen's story is about a 13-year-old boy, a violin prodigy from a rural corner of the country, whose father takes him to Beijing to study with the masters.
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SERVANTS TO ENTREPENEURS
There are many tales of Chinese laborers/servants in the late 1800's becoming successful entrepeneurs (the ability to see value where others do not. ) during the Gold Rush days in the West such as Gin Chow, Wing Yee, Gee Hing, Chin Quong, Walter James, Dong Tien Shong, Ted Loy (Eng Moon Loy), Gue Owen (Ng Gue Owen) and Good Dip (Goon Yun-Dip) among others.
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RACISM & ADVERTISING IN LATE 19TH CENTURY
Between 1870's to 1890's , "trade cards" or "advertising cards" (a post card, printed with decorative images which directly or indirectly promote a commercial product, service, or event were widely used. Many contained racist depictions of Chinese and Chinese Americans.
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